Joe Nathan had just pitched a scoreless ninth inning to keep the game tied on Wednesday just as he did in the 10th inning Tuesday that preceded the Texas Rangers’ second consecutive walk-off victory.

Nathan took a seat in the dugout next to catcher Geovany Soto and said “Why not another one?”

Soto agreed. “Why not?”

Adrian Beltre leading off the bottom of the ninth must’ve heard them from the batter’s box. He turned on a fastball and deposited it into the left-field seats to lift the Rangers to a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark.

It marked the third straight walk-off victory for the Rangers the first time in club history they’ve accomplished that feat. It had been done twice before in franchise history by the Washington Senators in 1961 and 1965.

More importantly it pulled the Rangers to within four games of the Oakland A’s in the American League West and gave them much-needed momentum after they lost eight of 10 coming out of the All-Star break.

“A sweep is big no matter when you get them but the timing of this one is a little better and the fashion of this one is definitely better” said Nathan who earned his second win in as many nights.

“These kinds of wins give you energy. If these can’t give you a boost what will? To come out and do it three nights in a row especially after a tough series in Cleveland and just a bad start to the second half hopefully gives us that energy and everything that we need to move forward.”

While Nathan got the win Martin Perez certainly did his part. The rookie left-hander who entered with a 9.00 ERA over his previous three starts showed composure that had been missing.

He retired the first seven batters and had retired eight straight going into an at-bat against Josh Hamilton with one out in the seventh. Perez threw a fastball down in the zone but Hamilton got to it and sent it over the right-center-field fence to tie the game at 1-1.